East Rutherford, NJ – Dave Gettleman today announced his retirement as senior vice president and general manager of the New York Giants.
Gettleman has briefed Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch on his intentions over the past few days and announced it to players and coaches this morning at their final team meeting of the 2021 season.
“It has been a privilege to serve as general manager for the New York Giants for the past four years and to have spent so many years of my career with this franchise,” said Gettleman. “We obviously didn’t have the success on the field that I expected, and it’s disappointing. However, I have a lot of great memories here, including two Super Bowl wins, and I wish the team and to the best organization to move forward. There are a lot of good people here who dedicate their souls to this organization. I am proud to have worked alongside them. “
“We would like to thank Dave for his commitment to this franchise,” Mara and Tisch said in a joint statement. “He has had a very accomplished 35-year career in the National Football League. Dave has been instrumental in building three of our Super Bowl teams, including two championship teams, and we wish Dave, his wife Joanne and all their family all the best in her retirement. “
Gettleman joined the Giants in 2018 after spending 2013-16 as general manager of the Carolina Panthers. In her four seasons, Carolina was 40-23-1 and won three straight NFC South titles. In 2015, Carolina finished an NFL best 15-1 and qualified for Super Bowl 50. Gettleman has been on seven Super Bowl teams, including three winners – the Denver Broncos in 1997 and the Giants in 2007 and 2011.
Gettleman initially joined the Giants in the spring of 1998 as assistant to then-personnel manager Tim Rooney. He was promoted to Director of Professional Personnel in the spring of 1999 upon Rooney’s retirement. Gettleman remained in office for 13 years. In 2012, Gettleman was the team’s senior professional staff analyst.
Gettleman entered the NFL in 1986 with the Buffalo Bills. He became a regional scout for the Bills in 1987 and, after a year, he was made a scout for BLESTO, a position he held until 1992. From 1992 to 1993 he was a regional scout for BLESTO. In 1994, Gettleman joined the Denver Broncos Scouting Department, where he spent four years as a Zone Scout.
Mara and Tisch said the search for a CEO will begin immediately and consist of a diverse pool of qualified candidates. Candidates will be announced after each interview.
“It will be a full search for our next CEO,” Mara said. “We are looking for someone who demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication skills, someone who will oversee all aspects of our football operations, including player personnel, varsity recruiting and coaching.”
Tisch added: “It is an understatement to say that John and I are disappointed with the lack of success we have had on the pitch. We are united in our commitment to find a CEO who will provide us with the direction we need to achieve the performance on the ground and the results we all expect. “